In Lincolnshire, 50,000 people are living with diabetes, which is roughly eight per cent of the population.
Nikki Pepper, Diabetes Prevention Project Officer in Lincolnshire, said: “Type 2 diabetes is often linked to lifestyle. It represents a real threat to health and if untreated it can lead to stroke, blindness, heart disease, kidney failure and lower limb amputation.
“Even if you are at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, it can still be prevented by losing weight, eating healthily and being more active.
“You can help to prevent Type 2 diabetes by making small, simple lifestyle changes such as not taking sugar in your tea or coffee, walking to the shop instead of driving and eating brown bread instead of white bread.
“With over 7,600 patients now referred within Greater Lincolnshire, the National Diabetes Prevention Programme is a nine month programme for those patients at risk of developing diabetes.
“The programme provides personalised help to reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes through improved food choices, weight loss and
“Your GP practice is able to refer you to the programme if your blood sugar reading is within the eligible range.
“It is free to attend and programmes are running locally to where you live.”
To get an estimate of your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, visit https://riskscore.diabetes.org.uk/start
Find out more about the NDPP at www.england.nhs.uk/ndpp or ask a member of your GP practice team
Watch The NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme story
Each year, more and more people are being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. This can lead to stroke, blindness, heart disease, kidney failure, limb amputation and early death. Find out how the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme can help those at high risk of Type 2 diabetes to make lifestyle changes and reduce their risk.
Watch Tom's story (NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme)
This animation follows Tom who has been told he is at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
It looks at how Tom can prevent the disease from developing and how he got the help and support he needed from the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme.